Breast Ultrasound Overview
A breast ultrasound is typically used to further examine an abnormality found on a mammogram. The process does not use X-ray radiation. It determines the presence of cysts or solid lumps by a small transducer which rolls over the breast area. This small unit emits sound waves that create a picture (sonogram) of the area.
Breast ultrasounds are also used to examine women who have dense breasts and to examine the chest wall, which is not examined during a routine mammogram screening.